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Cinemas of the Americas

A dynamic showcase of fresh work by emerging and veteran filmmakers from across South and Central America and Mexico.


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Amparo

Simón Mesa Soto  |   Colombia, Sweden, Qatar
Spanish  
Colombia, 1998. Single mother Amparo returns home after a night shift to discover her 18-year-old son Elias has gone missing. She soon learns he has been forcibly conscripted into the [...]
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A Cop Movie (Una película de policías)

Alonso Ruizpalacios  |   Mexico
Spanish  
Police corruption is rampant around the world, but Mexico City’s la policía are among the most notorious. In this thoroughly original and unpredictable docu-fiction hybrid, award-winning filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios (Museo, [...]
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Virtual

The House of Snails (La Casa de Caracol)

Macarena Astorga  |   Spain, Peru, Mexico
Spanish  
In this wholly original take on the werewolf tale, novelist Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) arrives at a remote mountain town in Southern Spain hoping to find peace and quiet to [...]
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The Last Forest (A Última Floresta)

Luiz Bolognesi  |   Brazil
Yanomami  
In this luminous follow-up to Ex-Shaman, Bolognesi’s 2018 Chicago IFF winner, the Brazilian filmmaker returns to the rainforest of his homeland to tell another bewitching yet tragic story of Indigenous [...]
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Memoria

Apichatpong Weerasethakul  |   Colombia
English, Spanish  
In a fascinating collaboration between the acclaimed Thai filmmaker and star Tilda Swinton, we follow a Scotswoman living in Bogotá, who is disturbed one night by a loud, mysterious sound [...]
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My Brothers Dream Awake (Mis Hermanos Sueñan Despiertos)

Claudia Huaiquimilla  |   Chile
Spanish  
Intelligent and thoughtful Ángel is fiercely protective of his younger, more fragile brother Franco. The two have already been incarcerated for a year at a provincial juvenile detention center. They [...]
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Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)

Tatiana Huezo  |   Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar
Spanish  
In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of [...]
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Sundown

Michel Franco  |   Mexico
English, Spanish  
Conspicuously wealthy and decidedly aloof, Neil Bennett (Tim Roth) lives the good life. Vacationing with his sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her children, he spends his days lounging poolside at a [...]